Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

3300 20th St
Gulfport, MS 39501-4311
United States

Geolocation Field
30.3756429, -89.102295
Phone Number
(228) 863-1141
Fax Number
(228) 863-1142
Location Description

Gulfport Job Corps Center is located on 8 acres in Gulfport, Mississippi, just a short drive from the beachfront and downtown. Badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2008, the center reopened at a reduced capacity in 2010.

Center History

The site that is today the Gulfport Job Corps Center began its life in 1921 as a two-story wood frame school building, the only school for African-Americans in the city of Gulfport at the time. In 1954, more sturdy brick structures were added, and 33rd Avenue High School looked a lot like many of the modern high schools of the time. When Gulfport Public Schools were integrated in 1969, 3333rd Avenue High School was closed, and the site eventually became the Gulfport Job Corps Center.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused severe damage to the school’s old structures, and the Job Corps Center was forced to use temporary structures until preservationists, alumni, and the federal government could come to an agreement about what form the restored center would take. In February of 2017, a deal was struck to rebuild the center and preserve two of the structure’s original walls.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 34 male students and 34 female students in dorms with up to four students per room. Residential students live with four roommates and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • computer labs
  • TV lounges
  • vending machines

Each dorm room has its own bathroom and shower. There is also an on-site independent living adviser to help make dorm life safe, clean, and productive for the students. We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Alexander Alston
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Fax
Student Programs
Student Government Association
<p>The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays a key role in the operation of the center. We encourage all of our students to join the SGA.</p> <p>The SGA Council is composed of Executive Board officers, Vocational Representatives, and Area Student Leaders. The Executive Board members are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Community Coordinator. Vocational Representatives are student leaders representing each career training program on center. The Area Student Leaders are mentors, recreational aides, residential advisors, safety marshals, and student tour guides.</p> <p>In their weekly meetings, SGA representatives make recommendations to the Center Director about rules affecting students including enforcement of rules. The Center Director also consults with the SGA before introducing new rules for students.</p> <p>SGA members also have the responsibility to:</p> <ul> <li>Be a positive role model to the other students.</li> <li>Assist in the decision-making process with the Center Director and Senior Management Team relating to policies affecting student life on and off campus.</li> <li>Develop leadership skills.</li> <li>Practice self-government and have input on center policies.</li> <li>Learn and practice positive leadership and socialization skills.</li> <li>Assist with tours on center.</li> <li>Work with all departments through the SGA Committees.</li> <li>Host activities for the student body.</li> <li>Work closely with the Business-Community Liaison to bridge the gap between the Job Corps program and the community.</li> </ul> <p>After 30 days of enrollment at our center, you may apply for the Leadership Training Class. After you complete three weeks of leadership training, you can apply for SGA membership.<br> </p>
<p>Fostering positive relationships with the communities our centers are in is a key part of what Job Corps does. This can mean performing work in the neighborhood that aligns with a student's career pathway, such as building new playgrounds, patching up sidewalks, or cleaning up parks. At the Gulfport Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Bethesda Free Health Clinic</li> <li>Disability Connection</li> <li>Feed My Sheep</li> <li>Gaston Point Elementary School Reading Program</li> <li>Gulf Coast Community Action Agency</li> <li>Involvement Day</li> <li>Mississippi Power</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
GED/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Gulfport Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her GED or high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Gulfport are automatically enrolled in our GED program. Students who complete this program's core classes may participate in an online high school diploma program which is paid for by the center.</p>
Tutoring and Academic Support
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in reading and math by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.</p>
College Program
<p>The College Program is an advanced training program. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps.</p> <p>Benefits of the College Program include:</p> <ul> <li>academic advisement, mentoring, and tutoring</li> <li>paid tuition, fees, books, and supplies</li> <li>housing and recreation</li> <li>meals provided by Job Corps, on-and-off center</li> <li>transportation to and from college of choice</li> </ul> <p>Gulfport Job Corps partners with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for this program.</p>
English Language Learning
<p>Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels.</p>
Driver Education
<p>Driver's Education is available to all students needing their driver's license.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are four students to each dorm room. Your room will be assigned to you upon arrival at the center.

Job Corps values diversity and will provide you with opportunities to live and interact with people of many different backgrounds.